Extracurricular Activities


There are a variety of extracurricular activities in which students can participate.  Interscholastic sports are available only to 7th and 8th grade students but other extracurricular activities are open to all grades.  Activity information included in the announcements scrolling on the TV monitors.  If you have any questions, contact Mr. Mark Kenny, Activities Director, at 558-4153; mkenny@crschools.us.  If you or you know of someone who might be interested in sponsoring an extracurricular activity, stop by the main office.   

Below are extracurricular activities that were offered last school year.  Students should check the announcement screens to find out when activities will be starting.      



School Musical - Fall Musical Information

Chamber Orchestra - See Mr. Mnayer for more information

Classic Edition (Show Choir) - See Mr. Mossman for more information

Jazz Band -  See Mrs. Phelan for more information                     

Variety Show.  Fundraiser for Fine Arts department and STEAM Fund 




Slide1PROJECT LIT BOOK CLUB.  We want to take a moment to tell you all about exciting project that we are starting at McKinley this year. We will be starting our own chapter of Project LIT. Some of you may be asking what this is. Here is some information about the project that is all over the country.



We are a national, grassroots literacy movement, a team of dedicated educators and students who are committed to increasing access to culturally sustaining books and promoting a love of reading in our schools and communities. We commit to work together to:

Empower students as readers, writers, and leaders

Promote a love of reading in our schools and communities

Read, discuss, and celebrate books that affirm and value all students

Develop authentic reading identities by increasing access to high-quality books, building community, and fostering a sense of belonging·

Connect and collaborate with passionate students, educators, authors, and community members as we support and inspire one another

Rewrite the narrative about which texts and authors are deemed worthy of academic study

Amplify voices and stories of students and educators of color

Advocate for literacy policies and practices that will challenge the status quo

Champion young people and books that reflect their lived realities, communities, and identities

In our first year our main focus will be giving students access to the Project LIT books and have an after school book club with focus on one book per month. More information about this project will be sent out at a later date. In the meantime, if you have any questions please contact Miss Kiflestadik at fkiflestadik@crschools.us




McKinley News Team - See Mrs. Gardner, librarian, for more information


Robotics -  See Mr. Patience for more information


Student Council


Yearbook - See Mrs. Fitzpatrick with questions


Forensic Club - See Mr. Martinez or Officer Anne for more information.

This program will focus on the use and application of forensic science to solve crimes and is being co-sponsored by School Resource Officer Anne Deutmeyer.  Students will also get hands-on experience in CSI practices, such as fingerprint and DNA collection as well as footprint impressions to name a few.  Students will discuss examples of DNA, and how they are analyzed to solve crimes, including hair, skin, blood, and other bodily fluids.  Students will not be exposed to any of these items at any time.  In addition, students will participate in field trips to the CR Police Department and Linn County Courthouse.


Extracurricular Eligibility Policy

The transition to the Learner Centered Assessment and Reporting model allows a more complete picture of a student's learning.  Additionally, it provides a method by which a student can reflect on his/her progress towards developing skills essential for a successful career in the working world.  The coaches and directors at McKinley find that fostering these skills through our athletic and fine arts programs as well as our after school activities is critical for the long term success of our students as they make the transition to high school and adulthood.  As a result McKinley's Extracurricular Eligibility Policy will reflect our desire to have students perform at high levels both academically and behaviorally.


Eligibility:  For a student to be considered eligible for athletic contests, extracurricular fine arts performances, clubs and activities the student must meet the following requirements:

  • Passing grade (D,P,E) in all classes.  Coaches will notify parents if their student athlete is ineligible and will provide supports.

  • Detention(s) must be served prior to participation in all extracurricular activities. Coaches and parents will be notified by teachers of student detentions.

  • Students are not eligible to participate in any extracurricular activity during a period of suspension.

Eligibility Deadline:  Student eligibility will be examined every Thursday.  Students who do not meet these expectations will be ineligible for the following week's competitions, performances, etc.  If the student demonstrates they meet the requirements before a competition, it is the responsibility of the teacher to notify the coach of the student's eligibility.